So where is NSAP who just a couple months ago was talking about his inside information that thsi car was going to be a pig! He stated it was going to be very heavy bacause of Cadillac! I'd like to know if he was fed misinformation to fire us up. If that's the case, who can we trust? Is GM, or the insiders that GMI looks too, looking to fool us? I don't believe NSAP intentionally gave us false information, but I do believe he needs to take what he is told with a grain of salt after the ATS debut. he did tell us Caddy had made this car very heavy, so what gives? Who gave that infor? It all needs some investigation?
We knew a serious effort was underway to drop mass, we just didn't know where they'd end up. I had heard that "heads would roll" if the ATS didn't come in under 3500 pounds. It looks like they beat that by 100 or so pounds. Great job. I've also been told that just as serious a mass control effort will be expended on the 6th gen Camaro.
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This brings up 2 things that I have come to accept about the huge weight increase of automobiles from manufacturers (which is seemingly over). The first reason for weight gain (and biggest for most automakers) is the increase in size of every new generation of the same car. For example the 2012 BMW 5 series is bigger then the 1991 BMW 7 series and yet it still manages to come off lighter then the 7 series. Though its much heavier then the 1991 BMW 5 series (and people make the understandable mistake of comparing it in that regard to the 1991 5 series). The other which was also pointed out by a MIT professor comes down to fuel economy, over the period of time (and greater) of the 1991 BMW 5 series and the engineering work into the current 5 series that was a lack of incentive to improve fuel economy. CAFE requirements were not going up any and especially during the 1990s fuel prices were very low in the US (I remember prices that were often $0.87 a gallon for 87 octane in California).
Now that there is a big move to move the US off of middle eastern oil, off set global warming, higher fuel prices, and stricter regulations auto makers have incentives to improve fuel economy. As a result we are entering an era of better engineered vehicles in order to solve the problem of making a vehicle safer and lighter at the same time. Increase technology as far as the mechanical aspects of vehicles (direct injection, automated manuals in place of automatics, 8 speeds and more) as well as alternative power sources (electric, increase in diesels, fuel cell, renewable fuel sources).
I can picture an automotive future where most vehicles (90-95%) will be electric(hydrogen fuel cell falls in this group) and the rest being premium or performance vehicles running off things like Ethanol.
Note how the front light pipes of the ATS and XTS resemble the Ciel's headlights.
Many of the size increases were in the 90's, but the big weight gains of the last decade were mostly due to the extra structure required to meet tougher crash standards, front, rear, side, and rollover. This accounts for the higher beltlines, thicker pillars, and smaller windows, too. Also, American companies discovered the handling advantages and reduced squeaks and shudders of a stiffer unibody.The first reason for weight gain (and biggest for most automakers) is the increase in size of every new generation
My 2004 Deville, no small car, has a V8, airbags, plenty of gizmos, sound insulation, etc. and weighs barely over 4,000 lbs. The 1985 Deville, smaller than mine but longer and wider than the ATS, weighed 3,300 lbs with a V8.
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